Fire in Moscow library destroy 1 mln books

Fire at the Moscow Academic Institute of Scientific Information
Fire at the Moscow Academic Institute of Scientific Information

On January 31st, 2015, one of Russia’s largest academic libraries, which contains millions of unique historic documents, has been severely damaged by the  flames. A part of the building’s roof collapsed before many of fire fighters teams managed to contain the fire.

The fire has destroyed some 2,000 m2 of the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (Inion) in Moscow, created in 1918 and holding 10 mln documents, some of which date back to the 16th century.

The library has been founded in 1918, has the Russia’s most complete collection of documents of the League of Nations, the UN, and UNESCO, as well as parliamentarian reports of the United States (since 1789), the UK (since 1803), Italy (since 1897), and many others.

According to Russian media, investigators looking into the cause of the blaze suspect an electrical short-circuit was to blame.

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